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Bedlington rapist jailed for eight years

Christopher Rosean. Credit: Northumbria Police

A rapist has been jailed for eight years for a terrifying attack on a woman in her home.

The victim, who cannot be named, was so traumatised by her ordeal at the hands of Christopher Rosean, who threatened her with a knife, she could not face going back to her house, in South Tyneside, where it happened.

Her fear was so intense she had a panic alarm fitted in her home in a bid to help her feel safe before Rosean was convicted and put behind bars.

Rosean, 41, of Bishops Meadow, Bedlington, denied two rape charges, relating to the same attack, during a trial at Newcastle Crown Court but was found guilty by a jury.

His denials meant his victim had to relive the nightmare of what happened to her from the witness box.

Judge Penny Moreland said Rosean must register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim, both orders last a full lifetime.

The judge told Rosean: "She was utterly terrified.

"You used violence to an extreme extent, causing her to be utterly terrified of you.

"It took place in her home and she has been unable to return to that home.

"What you did has had a significant impact upon her.

"She is frightened and scared and you have damaged her self confidence by your offending."

The court heard the victim's work and family life have been hugely effected by her ordeal at the hands of Rosean, who originally comes from America.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: "This has had a significant impact on her, she had difficulty sleeping after the event and no longer felt safe in her own home."


Tipu prayers a statement of community strength

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Prayers have been said in the car park of a community centre on Wearside as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Tipu Sultan, who was murdered in South Shields.

Syed Khalid Miah Olid, chair of the management committee at the Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, said that prayers are not usually said outside in this way, but they did so to make a statement.

He said they wanted to show community strength, but also to encourage anybody with any information to come forward.

Tipu was killed from single gun shot outside the takeaway where he worked in South Shields on Tuesday, April 7.

Mr Miah Olid said he had been to see Tipu's family. He said his children still have no come to terms with their father's death and still think he is going to come home and take them to the park.

Tipu coffin arrives at community centre

Tipus coffin has arrived at community centre in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tipu Sultan's coffin has arrived at the Bangladeshi Community Centre in Sunderland.

More than 300 people are expected pay their respects and join Tipu's family and friends as they say prayers.

Last night a vigil was held by the local community outside the takeaway in South Shields where Tipu was shot dead on Tuesday, April 7.

His family and close friends will attend a private service later in the day.

Tipus coffin has arrived at community centre were more than 300 mourners will say prayers Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Tipu vigil organiser compelled to bring community together

Vigil to remember Tipu Sultan Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man who has organised the vigil to remember murdered takeaway worker Tipu Sultan has said he felt compelled to bring the community together.

Lalon Amin was speaking to ITV Tyne Tees ahead of the vigil outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields this evening, the place where Tipu was shot dead on Tuesday, April 7.

He said: "Tipu Sultan left tremendous love behind with the local community and I thought it was a great opportunity for the whole local community to come together to pay their respects."

32-year-old father of two Tipu Sultan was shot dead outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields

"It is big shocking news, especially how Tipu Sultan has always been involved in the community."

– Jay Islam

"I felt compelled that we should come together as a community, not just a Bangladeshi community but as a whole community, to come together to remember Tipu Sultan and pay our final respects."

– Lalon Amin, vigil organiser

Also at vigil was Jay Islam. He and Tipu Sultan were childhood childhood friends. He says the everyone is still struggling to come to terms with his death.

He said: "When you see his family in tears and his kids are always asking when is our father going to be coming back, we have got no answers. It is big shocking news, especially how Tipu Sultan has always been involved the community."

Jay Islam and Lalon Amin taking to ITV Tyne Tees Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Vigil to remember Tipu Sultan

A vigil will be held tonight outside a takeaway where a father was shot dead in a targeted murder by two men on a motorbike.

Friends of Tipu Sultan will gather in South Shields and hold a minute's silence, as well as lay more flowers and read poems.

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. He has been released on bail.

Shields shooting: Second post mortem completed

Northumbria Police has today confirmed the second post mortem of Tipu Sultan has taken place.

Officers say it has been established the 32-year-old died of a gunshot wound.

Tipu Sultan's family held a press conference yesterday to ask the public for help to find his killers.

Mr Sultan's family have appealed to the public to "take five or ten seconds out of their life to say a little prayer to their God for Tipu".

The father of two was shot dead at point blank range outside Herbs and Spices kitchen in South Shields last Tuesday, April 7.

Police investigating the murder of Mr Sultan believe two men seen on a red motorbike at the time of the shooting are responsible for his death.

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